Mark Johnston has won two of the last three renewals but last year’s winner, Soldier In Action, is one of five runners representing the Middleham trainer this time. Time To Study has a touch of class but the weight to match. It would be no surprise if Hochfeld proved the pick of the quintet as he’s been lightly campaigned this season having paid the price for his exploits last term. Melting Dew beat Tuesday’s winner Alfarris at Sandown but will have his stamina to prove. Walton Street won on soft going at this meeting last year and was also successful in Dubai at the start of the year. He was returning from a break when third in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Ascot and looks a threat to all. Pacify won with plenty in hand over 1m4f at York but PLATITUDE can improve on his fifth in this last year as he seems to have been rejuvenated by a change of scenery this season and ran well in a Listed race at Sandown last month.
Time To Study (FR) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leader until over 10f out, one pace over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 4th of 5, 9l behind Dylan Mouth (9-0) at York 1m 6f Grp 3 stks (1) gf in Jul.
On To Victory 16-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders on inside, driven over 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 8th of 20, 9 3/4l behind Withhold (9-1) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) pol in Jun.
Platitude 9-2 (9-0) Held up in touch in last pair, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran well on outer inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Nearly Caught (9-0) at Sandown 2m lst stks (1) gf in Jul.
My Reward 12-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 3f out, lost place over 1f out, eased, last of 5, 16l behind Dylan Mouth (9-0) at York 1m 6f Grp 3 stks (1) gf in Jul.
Hochfeld (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Led, pushed along over 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 5 1/4l behind Stratum (8-12) at Newbury 2m hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Pacify 11-4fav (9-13) Held up in rear, shaken up over 5f out, smooth headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly, eased closing stages, won at York 1m 4f hcp (2) gf in Jul beating Mister Belvedere (9-6) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Sofia's Rock (FR) 15-2 (10-0) Led, headed narrowly 3f out, soon ridden, kept on and every chance over 1f out, no extra final 110 yards, 5th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Benadalid (8-0) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Sir Chauvelin 14-1 (9-2) Behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Stratum (8-12) at Newbury 2m hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Soldier In Action (FR) 33-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 20, 22l behind Withhold (9-1) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) pol in Jun.
Watersmeet 12-1 (9-8) Pressed winner until outpaced 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression after, well held when lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 20, 6 1/2l behind Withhold (9-1) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) pol in Jun.
Melting Dew 3-1fav (9-7) Soon pushed along in last pair, rapid headway on outside chasing leader halfway, led inside final 3f, headed 2f out, rallied on rails to lead again near finish, won at Sandown 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Jul beating Alfarris (9-7) by nk, 8 ran.
Arch Villain (IRE) 40-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 16, 11 1/2l behind Stratum (8-12) at Newbury 2m hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Nabunga (FR) (9-3) won at Deauville 1m 4f stks gs in Jul beating Kelly's Dino (9-3) by nk, 7 ran.
Walton Street 7-1 (9-9) Keen, prominent, hampered over 9f out, ridden to challenge over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 17, 3 1/4l behind Dash Of Spice (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp stks (2) gf in Jun.